Casper and Power Rangers will energize home video in the fourth quarter this year, while Flipper swims on the cross-promotional stage in the fourth quarter of next year. In between, there are several opportunities for brand marketers to hook up with titles that appeal to young families who shop in mass market retail outlets.
Family: A young boy named Albert is helped through hard times by a bigger-than-life imaginary friend, Bogus. Bogus ends up being as much help to the boy's disbelieving godmother as she is to Albert. Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu.
Family: "Sunset Park" is a poignant comedy about Phyllis Saroka, a P.E. teacher from Brooklyn, who, with no previous experience, takes over as coach of a boy's high school varsity basketball team. Her tenacity helps transform an undisciplined group of gifted ball players into a winning squad that makes it all the way to the city championships. A great promotional property during the year of the "Dream Team". Rhea Pearlman.
Comedy/Drama: The Baby Sitters Club movie is based on the classic book series of the same name published by Scholastic and is one of the top selling book series in history (with more than 100 million copies in print). It chronicles one summer in the lives of seven young women on the cusp of their teenage years, bound by friendships that will last a lifetime, challenged by adventures, family crises, and romantic entanglements.
Family: The movie based on the long running family television series. This time Flipper is saved by a boy who learns that there is more to life than playing video games. The lessons come hard but are learned through the gruff, but well meaning way of his uncle. Elijah Wood, Paul Hogan
Family: The attractive new science teacher at Hawaii's Kona High takes on a bunch of bored and disillusioned school kids and gives them the inspiration to design and build their own solar car. What begins as a senior science project becomes an entry in the World Solar Car Challenge that takes place across the Australian desert from Darwin to Adelaide. Jim Belushi and Halle Barry
Family: Live-action version of the 60's animated TV series about a daredevil racecar driver. Directed by David Cronenberg
Animation: Sequel to Don Bluth film "All Dogs Go to Heaven." A dog cons his way out of heaven in search of a magical horn.
Adventure: "Omri," an 8-year-old boy receives for his birthday a miniature plastic Iroquois Indian Chief who comes to life when put in a "magical" cupboard. Screenplay: Melissa Mathison (E.T.)
Children: Treat young viewers to oceans of fun with three best selling videos critically acclaimed for their environmental content. These animated features will entertain kids with three sets of lovable ocean creatures whose stories reflect friendship and courage.
Children: Introducing the latest concept in children's video -- live action video for kids. This series is dedicated to entertaining and educating children with real life subjects in a live, "on the scene" format without the use of animation. Already a phenomenal direct response success, these videos are sure to generate explosive retail sales. You can get in on the action with the series including: "There Goes a Bulldozer", "There Goes a Fire Truck", "There Goes a Train", "There Goes a Monster Truck", "There Goes a Race Car". Each video is packaged with a miniature vehicle.
Family: The Looney Tunes characters are in danger of being swept away by outerspace creatures until Bugs Bunny calls upon his friend Jordan. The film is based on the popular 1992 Nike TV advertising campaign featuring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny playing a round of basketball. Film will combine live-action and animation.
Adventure: Filmed in China, the story of an American boy, whose father works at a panda reserve. He and a Chinese girl team up to save a 6-month old panda cub. Ryan Slater, Stephen Lang